E. Howard & Co. Boston. Model No. 10 "House and Counting-Room Clock."
This is the Model Number 10 or more commonly called the "Figure Eight." This is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today's marketplace. This example is the smallest of 5 sizes that make up a set. This example measures approximately 2 feet 9 inches (33 inches) long.
This case is constructed in black walnut and has been recently refinished. The condition of which is very, very good making this a very presentable example. The light brown color is an appropriate finish for this model. This case features a flat throat frame and applied pendants at the top and bottom. The circular moldings are deep and well formed. They are designed with a very deep cove in the molding. The 8 inch dial is iron is signed by the Maker in a script format. This is applied to a dial board that is die-stamped on the back with the case lot number "17." The weight driven movement is brass and of very good quality. The Maker’s name can be found die-stamped on the front plate. The letter "B" is die-stamped into the backplate twice. The pendulum rod is made of seasoned cherry and retains most of its original gilding. The pendulum bob is zinc. It is covered in brass for compensation. The brass features a ring turned design that includes an engine turned decoration with in a couple of the rings. The tablets have been professionally repainted in the traditional E. Howard colors of black, red and gilt paint. The center section of the throat tablet has been left open in the center so that one can view the motion of gilded pendulum rod. One can view the bob through the lower circular tablet. The weight board which has been replaced is painted black. It not only provides a guide for the weight or protection for the pendulum but is also used as a field of color for the pendulum to swing in front of. The weight is cast iron and is original to this clock. This clock is designed to run for 8 days on a wind and was made circa 1875.
Edward Howard was born in Hingham, Massachusetts in the year 1813. He began his five year clock apprenticeship service to Aaron Willard, Jr. at the age of sixteen. There he met David P. Davis and later formed a partnership under the firm name Howard & Davis. In 1857, Davis left the firm and Howard formed the “Howard Watch and Clock Co.” more commonly known as the “E. Howard Clock Co. Edward Howard continued in business and built wonderfully made clocks for the home and for commercial or public settings. In 1882 he retired with a wonderful reputation.
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